Who We Are

Art Starts Creates Vibrant Toronto Neighbourhoods Through Community Building Arts Initiatives

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The-25-Year Art Starts Story

For 25 years, Art Starts programs have benefited thousands of people living in marginalized Toronto neighbourhoods by providing a safe, supportive and inclusive environment for self-expression and creative collaboration. We afford opportunities for vulnerable people of all ages to contribute to the creative ecology of their neighbourhoods, using the arts to help end the negative cycles associated with marginalization and poverty.

We Ask. We Listen. We Create. Together.

How We Do It?

Art Starts works in five underserved Toronto neighborhoods. We bring together professional artists  ̶  dancers, musicians, visual artists, actors and playwrights  ̶  with residents of all ages. Together we create accessible and dynamic art projects that reflect the identities and aspirations of each community.

Our programs help end the negative cycles associated with marginalization and poverty by nurturing local talent, mentoring emerging artists, beautifying public spaces and providing a gateway to post secondary education, mentorship and employment opportunities.

Our Impacts

Every year, Art Starts benefits thousands of people by providing a safe, supportive and inclusive environment for self-expression and collaboration. We facilitate unique opportunities for local children and youth to work with professional artists and contribute to the broader community. We provide a gateway to post-secondary education and employment through training, portfolio development, and networking opportunities. We nurture local talent and mentor emerging artists, helping to end the negative cycles associated with marginalization and poverty.

ART STARTS | CRA REGISTERED CHARITY # 13425 7765 RR0001